The Land and Soil Management Award

The prize rewards land use and soil management practices mitigating soil threats i.e. soil degradation, erosion, reduction of organic matter content, diffuse contamination, and compaction as well as the reduction of soil biodiversity, salinization, sealing, flooding and landslides. In doing so, the award sheds light on outstanding achievements, encouraging new concepts of land and soil protection and their implementation in land management, as well as enhancing awareness about the importance of land and soil functions, in Europe and extended territories.

Land and Soil Management Award 2024

Adrien Rogissart from the French project “Halage” has been honored as the winner of the prestigious Land and Soil Management Award 2024. The award was presented during the Gala Dinner of the Forum for the Future of Agriculture held on March 26, under the chairmanship of Prof. Martin H. Gerzabek, President of the Jury.

Members of the Jury

  • BOKU University, Martin H. GERZABEK, Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Dr.h.c.mult. – President of the Jury
  • European Commission DG AGRI, Kerstin ROSENOW, Head of Unit Research & Innovation
  • European Commission DG ENV, Ion CODESCU, Head of Unit Land Use and Management
  • European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Serenella SALA, Head of the Land Resources and Supply Chain Assessments Unit
  • European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Arwyn JONES, JRC Scientist, Soil science
  • European Landowners’ Organization, Thierry de L’ESCAILLE, Executive President
  • KU Leuven, Maarten EVERAERT, Assistant Professor Soil Science & Soil Fertility
  • Ljubljana University, Dr. Franc LOBNIK, Emeritus Prof.
  • Syngenta, Max NEWBER, Soil Health & Carbon Farming Technical Lead at Syngenta in EAME


Who can apply?

Farmers, landowners, land managers, groups of farmers, on their own or in collaboration with research institutes, universities and/or private companies, operating in Europe and extended territories. 

Why to apply?

To recognize the great value of the farmer’s work, by promoting the winning project as a good practice at the European level. Also, to enhance the visibility of such ways of farming at the local, national as well as European scale and to encourage the farmers to further develop their work in a sustainable path.

5.000 € is awarded to the winning project every year. The Jury can also award a Diploma of Recognition.

How to apply?

The call for application is open, you need to send the filled-out application form latest on January 22, 2024.

The award is bestowed to the winner every year during the Forum for the Future of Agriculture.

Please note: the application should preferably be filled out in English. If the application chooses another language a well-structured English summary of the project should be enclosed.

Submit your project via e-mail to the Award Coordinator at and share your success!

Deadline: January 22, 2024.

Download the Application Form from here.



Fill out the application form and send it back to the Award Coordinator by January 22, 2024


Previous winners

2024WinnerHalage, led by Adrien Rogissart, FranceLink
2024Diploma of RecognitionBokrijk Soil and Heritage Conservation led by Jeroen Franssens, BelgiumLink
2024Diploma of RecognitionLe Jardin des Saveurs led by Sandrine de Moerloose & Arnaud van der Straten, BelgiumLink
2023WinnerImproving Soil Health through experimental regenerative agriculture practices, by Klompe Landbouw, Mijnsheerenland, The NetherlandsLink
2023Diploma of RecognitionThe Blaston regenerative farm, UKLink
2023Diploma of RecognitionInnolivar, SpainLink
2022WinnerImproving soil aggregation for soil protection, soil improvement, proper water management, carbon storage and food safety, by the Geographical Institute, Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, HungaryLink
2021WinnerImproving soil biodiversity and humus content for better soil fertility and climate, by Zvone Černelič, Farm Černelič, Slovenia
2021Diploma of RecognitionZukunft Erde – humus formation program, by RWA, AustriaLink
2021Diploma of RecognitionThe Land and Soil Management at the Petr Marada ́s Ecofarm, by Petr Marada, Czech republic
2021Diploma of RecognitionCarbon Action, by the Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG), FinlandLink
2021Diploma of RecognitionLa Junquera: fighting land degradation with regenerative practices in South Spain, by Alfonso Chico de Guzman, SpainLink
2020WinnerORTO 2.0, by Lorenzo Artibani, Italy
2020Diploma of RecognitionA research and demonstration agroforestry experimental site in Ramecourt, by Antione Dequidt & partners, Northern France
2019WinnerGROW Observatory, UKLink
2019Diploma of RecognitionBreakthrough in Soil Technology for Precision Nutrient Management by near-infrared spectroscopy, by John Deere GmbH&Co. KG, GermanyLink
2018WinnerPreservation of soil health and fertility by implementing new concepts of land management, by Galina Dimitrova Peycheva-Miteva, Bulgaria
2018Diploma of RecognitionHolistic Management Regenerating Agricultural Soils, by Africa Centre for Holistic Management, ZimbabweLink
2017WinnerHealthy Soil for Healthy Food, by 59 Austrian farmers, SPAR and WWF Austria
2016WinnerCreating new land and soil management opportunities under Mediterranean soil and climatic limitations, by Portalimpex, Lda, PortugalLink
2015WinnerSoil Regeneration at West Woodhay Farms, by West Woodhay Farms, UK
2014WinnerThe Pontbren Project, by the Pontbren Farmers Group, Wales
2013WinnerGlobal approach for a sustainable agroecosystem, by E.A.R.L. Lefebvre, France
2012WinnerCertified course “soil practitioner” for crop and grassland farmers, by Bio Austria, AustriaLink
2011WinnerThe Land Stewardship Network, by Jordi Pietx, Spain
2010WinnerLittle things mean a lot, by Erlendur Björnsson, Iceland
2009WinnerJistebnice Highlands, by Jana Maděrová, Czech republic

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